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Obama v. Clinton: State reps take sides

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Aug. 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm |
August 30, 2007 3:01 pm


Congressman Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, has already endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now he’s been named Washington state chairman of the candidate’s campaign.


The press release announcing the appointment quotes Obama as saying: "Congressman Smith is a strong Democratic voice on foreign policy and works in Congress to help our nation fight the spread of terrorism. I am pleased Adam will be bringing his innovative, common-sense approach to our Washington State campaign for change."


Congressmen Norm Dicks and Jay Inslee are supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton.


Here’s the rest of the release:


CHICAGO, IL—The Obama campaign announced today that Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) will serve as Washington State Chair for the campaign. Smith will also advise on policy issues including foreign policy and economic policy.



"Congressman Smith is a strong Democratic voice on foreign policy and works in Congress to help our nation fight the spread of terrorism," Obama stated. "I am pleased Adam will be bringing his innovative, common-sense approach to our Washington State campaign for change."



"We need a change from the divisive politics of the past few years. Barack Obama is the right man for the job," said Smith. "He will bring people together for real change on issues such as Iraq, health care and energy policy."



Smith was first elected to represent the people of Washington’s Ninth Congressional District in 1996. As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee, Smith works for a foreign policy that builds international cooperation to stop the spread of global terrorism.



As Washington State Chair for the Obama campaign, Smith looks forward to working with Senator Obama to turn the page on special interest politics and conventional Washington thinking.

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